Sparkling touchdown: coatings for landing gear

Beniamin Jones*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The environmental benefits that can be gained by using diamond-like carbon (DLC) coatings on aircraft are discussed. Researchers at Brunel University and Hawker Pacific Aerospace, Hayes, UK, are collaborating on an EPSRC sponsored Environ-mental Technology Engineering Doctorate (EngD) scheme to investigate DLC as an anti-corrosion coating for aircraft components. Non-toxic, high performance coatings world benefit aircraft manufacturing and maintenance by reducing electroplating emissions. Diamond-like carbon coatings provide wear-resistant surfaces. The plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition process enables film deposition over a large area, combined with easily adjusted deposition parameters to produce films with tailored microstructure and properties. A system based on a layered structure of epoxy interlayer with DLC for the surface finish has the potential to restore worn or damaged aircraft components in a more efficient and environmentally-friendly manner.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Specialist publicationMaterials World
PublisherThe Institute of Materials and Mining
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2008
Externally publishedYes


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